New Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller Review

September 6th, 2012

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerThe New Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller

is being released this week. The much anticipated stroller improves on the, already massively popular, Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller. At first glance, you might not notice much of a difference at all. That’s because the major changes are mostly structural (manufacturing enhancements) and not aesthetic.

So, you may ask yourself what the real differences are, and how they will really affect you and your decision to buy one of these beauties. Here’s a helpful rundown for you;

Color Options
New for the launch of the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller is a brand new base color. Black has now joined the lineup, along with current colors Sand, Dark Brown, and Dar Grey. Even though the Dark Grey color often passes for black, more and more customers have been asking for a true black and Bugaboo delivered.

Tailored Fabric Sets
This is, perhaps, the most noticeable aesthetic change. Previously, the tailored fabrics came in 3-piece sets; (1) the stroller canopy, (2) the bassinet apron, and (3) the seat inlay. Going forward, Bugaboo made the tailored fabrics 2-piece sets consisting of the stroller canopy and bassinet apron only. This creates a more visually streamlined look. To make this easier to visualize, your stroller seat will now be the color of your base color (Sand, Black, Dark Brown, or Dark Grey). The seat inlay or “slip cover” is gone! Also new to this year’s color pallet is the introduction of Petrol Blue.

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerEasy Unfolding
For those of you who have tried the current Bugaboo Cameleon, this will resonate well. Bugaboo removed the two small clips that hold the stroller chassis’ front and rear frames together when collapsed. Without these clips unfolding the stroller is much simpler and easier.

Refreshed Design
As I eluded to earlier, the design has not changed much. However, what has been changed makes a huge difference. The main aesthetic difference is in the front wheel top rims. In the previous version, the front wheels penetrated trough the wheel slots much like a stem on a fruit. The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller has a clean cap, or to use my fruit analogy, the stem has been sliced off! It creates a much cleaner look. The other noticeable change is in the wheels. The design is more current with eye catching 5-Star spokes.

One Hand Release Bassinet
Bassinet can be released by one hand from the chassis. You will still need to push the bassinet release button on each side, but it’s now possible to push one at a time, rather than having to push them both at the same time (thus needing 2 hands).

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerEasy Releasing Wheels
All Bugaboo Cameleon3 wheels can easily be released by Bugaboo’s recognizable white buttons. This feature is particularly useful when putting the stroller in the Bugaboo Transport Bag.

Stronger chassis
The chassis is made even stronger; the new construction of the connecting plastic joints and the aluminum tubes going into those parts, makes the total stroller more solid. I have, personally, had a Bugaboo Cameleon stroller for 5 years and never had an issue. So, I can imagine that reinforcing an already tried and tested product will only lead to more satisfied customers and an even longer usage cycle.

Flat Fold Bassinet (With Attached Fillets)
Fold your bassinet fully flat with a few easy adjustments for compact transportation and storage. The basinet supports, or fillets as they are more formally referred to as, are much easier to put up and take down. This makes it very easy to fold it up and make it more compact in a hurry. To ensure that you never lose them, these fillets are now woven into the bassinet fabric.

Padded Adjustable Harness
The height-adjustable shoulder buckles secure a safe fit for a growing child. Basically, the seat buckle padding is a little thicker and more comfortable. Additionally, it is now easier to tighten the straps to secure your child once in the seat, making it safer than ever.

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerMaximized Underseat Bag
The maximized underseat bag optimally uses the available space under the stroller for storage of your goods and can be closed, so your belongings don’t fall out when carrying the compact chassis. If you are very familiar with the old Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller, you will notice that this bag fastens to the stroller frame easier (with clips rather than velcro), and is slightly larger.

Carry Handle
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller carry handle can swivel! Previously constructed with a single piece of inflexible hard plastic, the new carry handle unclips easily and swivels to provide easy access in and out of the stroller seat.

Even though the stroller looks quite similar to the old Bugaboo Cameleon, don’t be fooled. There are more than enough enhancements on the new Bugaboo Cameleon3 or Cam3 to make it worth your while, and more importantly the $979 price tag.

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